Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Dirt Paleo Personal Care



Give me The Dirt! While Paleo Diets are all the rage, The Dirt capitalizes on the health craze with a collection of super natural personal care products. Zero percent fillers and one hundred percent natural, The Dirt leaves you anything and everything but dirty.

To learn more, see more and to shop for The Dirt products, click here.
Big Thanks to Michelle of Lucid Communications and Shannon of The Dirt for making this feature possible!

xx.
M

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Capturing The World Through A Lens: Matthew David Parker



Matthew David Parker is a pretty famous photographer when it comes to food, but he has
expanded his horizon to include pictures from around the globe and everyday life. For anyone that
has viewed Matthew’s work, you will know how well he can capture his subject.

What’s the most exciting thing you have ever lensed?
Well, besides food? (laughs) I had a chance to go to Rome and spend about two weeks there.
There wasn’t a lot of time to see everything I wanted to, as to do Rome justice you have to be
there at least a month. On one of the early afternoons there, I was able to get to see the Trevi
Fountain, and I was able to capture it. The lighting was perfect and I was in a great position to
really get the grandeur of the fountain.

What other photographer most influences you/what inspires you?
The one that most influences me is Yousuf Karsh. He has a way of capturing the subject of his
portrait pictures in a clean and used a theatrical way of lighting that is unique. One of the portraits
he is most famous for is the one he took of Winston Churchill on December 30th, 1941. I get
inspired by moments that are special and one-of- a-kind. The moments that you have to grab right
away and freeze it, and hopefully someone sees what you have done and appreciates it. Hopefully
they get it and feel like they are in that moment as well.

How did you get into photography?

I had taken on a high school photography class when I was young just on a whim and fell in love
with it. I drove my parents crazy with me traveling around with my camera and lenses, taking
pictures of everything and everyone. As soon as they saw me and my camera, they would go hide.
(laughs) I experimented a lot and had a lot of failures because of it, but it has helped me in my
future projects.

I noticed you shoot architecture often, do you have the opportunity to travel a lot? If so,
what is your favorite place to travel?
I have been traveling a lot more now than I used to and have taken photos of some pretty well-
known architectural marvels. I have to say though, it’s the buildings that seem to defy gravity like
The Dancing House in Prague or really unique buildings like the Lotus Temple in Delhi, or the
Beijing National Stadium, that just capture your imagination and wonder how they came up with
the idea to create art into a building. Being inside giant cathedrals around the globe, you marvel at
the bones in the building and how much love must have been put into those.
My favorite place so far has been Ireland/Scotland, as I can’t get over the beauty of the nature
areas and how vibrant the colors are. You can see the coast and the waterfalls there, rivers,
forests; there’s a lot for a photographer to capture. I’ve gone exploring inside some castles, have
had some of the local food and brews, and checked out the nightlife. It gets crazy fun during
football season!

What is the worst photoshoot you have ever been a part of? A time when you did not feel
confident in your shoot? What was the result? What did you learn from that shoot?
One of the worst ones I had was also one of the most fun, and it was a photoshoot of some of the
animals from this pet adoption agency. Live subjects are not as cooperative as stationary ones.
(laughs) It took much longer to shoot the pictures of the various animals than I thought it would,
and I couldn’t get the lighting right for some reason. It got a bit frustrating, but I’ve learned that
you need patience when shooting a live subject like children and animals as they are not always
going to listen to you and sit still. I’ve also learned to allot more time for those types of
photoshoots than I usually do.

Well, one thing is certain, we can’t wait to see what you do next. Thank you!
You’re welcome!

To learn more, see more and to contact Matthew David Parker, click here.
Follow Matthew David Parker on Twitter, here.
Big Thanks to the team over at Diamond Links for making this feature possible!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nature Thin by AlternaScript



Packed with vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to one's health, Nature Thin is a supplement that helps you achieve your weight-loss goals. Produced by the AlternaScript brand, this botanical-based multivitamin serves as an aid in one's journey in weight management.

To learn more, see more and to purchase Nature Thin by AlternaScript, click here.
Big Thanks to Janet Kim of AlternaScript for making this feature possible!


xx.
M

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spark Pretty Spring Pop Up



The 90s are back, and so is Spark Pretty! Open for the entire month of May, last night's Spark Pretty VIP Opening Event gave us a sneak peek to the electrifying and nostalgic collection.

To learn more, see more and to shop at Spark Pretty, click here.
Visit their NYC Pop Up Shop at 333 9th Street today until May 30, 12-9 PM Tuesday-Sunday!
To see more Belles&Rebelles coverage of Spark Pretty here.
Big Thanks to Alyson, Ashley and the entire team at AMP3 PR for inviting us to this event!


xx.
M

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

1984 In The 21st Century


Published by the innovative publishing company, Riverdale Avenue Books, 1984 in the 21st Century, is a collection of essays that examine George Orwell's classic 1984 novel. Each piece of writing examines the relevance of Orwell's novel in today's society. A wide range of views and opinions from all ends of the spectrum come together in this interesting book.

To learn more, see more and to shop for Riverdale Avenue Books, click here.
Big Thanks to Alyssa and the entire team at Riverdale Avenue Books for making this feature possible!

xx.
M